I’m Lisa Curtis, LCSW, CASAC and I’m a Therapist Who Gets It

I know as well as you do that your friends, your family, and your colleagues mean well. They want you to live a happy life, or a successful life, or a life that doesn’t bother them. What is it that you really want from your life? When’s the last time you thought about that?

My clients tell me that they learned way more about themselves than what they expected. I know how to guide you underneath those beliefs that have been influencing undesirable behavior. I’m not here to change you. I’m here to help you discover who you really want to be. 

I’ve been in this business for a few decades now. I haven’t seen it all, but I have seen a lot.

Lisa Curtis, PTSD specialist

What Happens When My Clients Stick With Therapy:

  • Transformation
  • Comeback stories
  • Resilience at a whole new level
  • The lightbulb turns on
  • Clarity of purpose
  • Values are in the driver’s seat

You haven't come this far to only come this far.

I think it’s clear by now, I’m not a therapist that will sugarcoat things. I would be terrible at that. Seriously, you ask me to sugarcoat something and I’ll mess it up right away. My clients appreciate that though. My eclectic style is just the way I was built (I mean, seriously, who else puts a red footed boobie picture on their website?) and if that resonates with you ~ great! 

When you’ve been hearing the shortsighted but well-meaning suggestions for as long as my clients have, it’s refreshing to hear me say, “bullsh*t” ~ or so my clients tell me. It stirs something in them. I’m here to help you get curious about what that is. 

While my clients will tell you they get the truth from me, they’ll also tell you that I’m welcoming, encouraging and calm. I will be there for you at your toughest emotional moments, and we’ll get you through in the safest way possible.

You didn’t get here overnight; you won’t resolve everything overnight. I’m not a miracle worker. What I am is a highly educated mental health professional with decades of practical clinical experience in helping people recover from emotional traumas, anxiety disorders and “recreational” problems (drugs and alcohol). 

I want to help. And I want you to know that we’ll find out pretty quickly if we are a good fit. That’s important. I can make referrals if you need them, and you can keep going in whatever way is best for you. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Areas Of Specialty

Substance Use & Abuse

When your relationship with drinking or using becomes problematic it can be rather a challenge to step away without support. If your choices are having negative consequences in your life & you're ready to make changes, we can do that..

PTSD & C-PTSD

We've come a long way in our understanding of trauma, especially as it relates to first responders and front line workers. When you feel like there’s no more adrenaline in your tank and calls leave you feeling drained beyond anything you can describe, it might be time to see if there’s more going on for you.

Anxiety

Anxiety shows up in many ways and has a habit of morphing its presentation. Today it might feel like you can’t get enough done fast enough, while tomorrow binge watching Netflix might be the furthest you’ll get.

Navigating Changes

Life has an odd sense of humor, doesn’t it? There are changes that sneak up, ones that give us warnings which we chose to ignore. Together we can navigate them to what’s next.

Boundary Setting

Boundaries are, quite literally, lifesaving tools. The problem is most of us weren’t taught anything about them nor how to use them wisely for greatest effectiveness.

Grief & Loss

No one gets through life without experiencing the loss of a loved one or the awful feeling of mourning what used to be for ourselves and our own lives. When it shows up in our lives it's nice to have support.

Let me put some of this in another way ~ just in case you want more of sense of who I am. 

Many of my clients seek me out when they are ready to end the “Sh*t Show” that has become their lives.

As it suggests, a Sh*t Show is a well rehearsed and coordinated performance as well an absolute mess all wrapped up into one immersive experience. It may have taken a lot of planning, long rehearsals over many years, coordination with enablers aka supporters, and belief systems akin to the ill-fated Emperor in the Emperor’s New Clothes. You‘ve made the decision that you don’t really like the show anymore. You’re ready to move forward without the crap. You’re ready for change. Great!

Now that we’ve identified sarcasm as a probable coping strategy to deal with the emotional problems you’ve been having, let’s talk.

I’m here when you’re ready. 

Life Experience

My Own Journey Here

My intention is that this page will serve as a place for you to get to know me a bit. It’s hard to replicate the meeting in person feeling on a screen, especially when one tends to talk with their hands, (as I am apt to do,) but this is a good start. 

The words you hear, the images you see, are my voice & vision. They aren’t perfect but then again, neither am I. My work is very much me; eclectic to the core. I am driven to hold space, be present and encourage change because I have been fortunate enough to have that in my own life ~ and it surely changed the course of my life. It is my hope that you’ll have the same type of experience, either with me or someone with whom you click with.

Come Work with Me

You did not come this far to only come this far.

It does not have to be this way and you are worth so much more than a life filled with worry and fear for the future.

When you’re ready, I’m here.

To get started, I ask that you send me an email with your name and best return email to use.

You’re ready for change, and that has already started ~

I will contact you to let you know your request has been heard because no one wants to be left wondering.

We’ll set up a time for consult and take it from there. Change is hard; a good fit is a requirement.

I’d be honored to help you chart a new course that takes you where you want to go ~ so that your life is dictated by your choices, not habits or relationships that have become destructive.

Welcome ~ let’s keep going.